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If you like chatting about books, why not join one of the reading groups in Bexley's libraries? New members are always welcome.
Please contact your local Bexley library for more details
We'd love to hear your reading group's book news and reviews. Email will.cooban@bexley.gov.uk

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085738886X
Hardback:Dying fall:2013
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ruth's old friend Dan Golding thinks he has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever - but he needs Ruth's help. Then, Dan is killed in a fire, leaving Ruth with one clue: the tomb of the Raven King. DCI Nelson is also rediscovering the past. He meets his friend Sandy Macleod, now at Blackpool CID, who tells him there are mysterious circumstances surrounding Dan's death.
390 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0349409455
Paperback:The girl who knew too much:2017
Author: Quick, Amanda
Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: "Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick"--Front cover When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It's where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool. The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn't resist. But now Irene's investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.
355 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
0755380533
Paperback:The snow child:2012
Author: Ivey, Eowyn
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start in the raw Alaskan wilderness. In a moment of tenderness, the pair build a snowman - or rather a snow girl - together. The next morning, all trace of her has disappeared. But Jack can't shake the notion that he glimpsed a small figure running in the trees in the dawn light.
384 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141048492
Paperback:Crossfire:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Francis, Dick
Author: Francis, Felix
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2010. Tom Forsyth returns home to Lambourn, his childhood home, after being badly wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. Never having seen eye to eye with his racehorse trainer mother, Tom doesn't expect a hero's welcome, but even he's not prepared for the reception that awaits him. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2010 Tom Forsyth returns to Lambourn, his childhood home, after being badly wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. Never having seen eye to eye with his racehorse trainer mother, Tom doesn't expect a hero's welcome, but even he's not prepared for the reception that awaits him.
325 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008242402
Hardback:Master of his fate:2018
Author: Bradford, Barbara Taylor, 1933-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: London 1884: Queen Victoria is Empress of India and Britain at its peak of worldwide power. James Falconer, known as Jimmy, is a barrow boy working for his father on the stalls in the Malvern Market. Alexis Malvern is an only child, raised by her father, Henry, who has built a real estate empire in London and a successful trading business in Le Havre. Trained by her father and heir to his businesses, Alexis has no interest in marrying. But when James Falconer approaches her father for a job, hungry to be part of the booming world of trade, she finally meets a man with an ambition and vision that matches hers. As the stakes rise, tragedy and betrayal threaten the company - and risk all James and Alexis dream of. Drawn inexorably together, will these two very different people overcome the barriers of class and age to unite and form a new dynasty of their own?
385 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1848457189
Paperback:One summer in Paris:2019
Author: Morgan, Sarah, 1948-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: Grace can't believe it when her husband of 25 years announces he doesn't want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris - instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone. Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money, and no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes. Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that's ever happened to them.
424 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552173940
Paperback:Hetty's farmhouse bakery:2018
Author: Bramley, Cathy
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 32-year-old Hetty Greengrass is the star around which the rest of her family orbits. Marriage, motherhood and helping Dan run Sunnybank Farm have certainly kept her hands full for the last 12 years. But when her daughter Poppy has to choose her inspiration for a school project and picks her aunt, not her mum, Hetty is left full of self-doubt. Hetty's always been generous with her time and until now, her biggest talent - baking deliciously moreish shortcrust pastry pies - has been limited to charity work and the village fete. But taking part in a competition run by Cumbria's Finest to find the very best produce from the region might be just the thing to make her daughter proud - and reclaim something for herself. Except that life isn't as simple as producing the perfect pie.
313 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784751170
Paperback:Run away:2019
Author: Coben, Harlan, 1962-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found. Then, quite by chance, you see her busking in New York's Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace. Now it's your life on the line. And nowhere and no one is safe.
369 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1447249194
Hardback:Game of mirrors:2015
Author: Camilleri, Andrea
Author: Sartarelli, Stephen, 1954-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Italian This translation originally published: New York: Penguin Books, 2014 When Montalbano comes to the aid of his new neighbour, Liliana Lombardo, after the engine of her car is interfered with, the inspector can little imagine where this innocuous event will lead. It soon transpires that the young woman - beautiful, intelligent and rather vague about the whereabouts of her husband - is being targeted by someone with a grudge against her. But is Liliana's growing interest in Montalbano simply a product of the detective's innate charm? Or is she trying to lead him astray - and into trouble?
265 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1784704040
Paperback:Bad dreams and other stories:2018
Author: Hadley, Tessa
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2017 Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby. A housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. A young girl accepts a lift in a car with a group of strangers. An old friend brings bad news to a dinner party. In these gripping and unsettling stories, the ordinary is made extraordinary and the real things that happen to people turn out to be every bit as mysterious as their dreams.
214 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)

Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries

 

 

Reading groups for adults are held in all Bexley Libraries and meet monthly.

  • Central Library  - Thursday evenings
  • Crayford Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Erith Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Wednesday evenings
  • Thamesmead Library – Monday mornings
  • Welling Library – Friday mornings

Informal, family friendly “Reader’s Choice” reading groups for parents and carers with babies and toddlers are held monthly at

  • Central Library – Thursday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Monday mornings


Reading Friends Groups

Get together with a good book, poem or newspaper article. You can meet new people, make friends, chat and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome. Why not give it a try?

There are now two Reading Friends groups which meet in Bexley Libraries:

  • Erith Library - third Tuesday of the month at 2pm
  • Crayford Library - last Tuesday of the month at 11am


Sidcup Library host a Crime and Thriller reading group on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.

Welling Library also host an informal reading group called “Book Marks” where members can discuss their latest reads and pass on recommendations. This group meets monthly on Wednesday mornings.

For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a “Jane Austen Reading Group” which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursday afternoons to learn/discuss all about Jane Austen's life and her novels.

Central Library host the Book Bound Book Club on the second Thursday evening of the month where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Central Library hosts a reading group for the visually impaired – the group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Guide dogs welcome.

For more information about any of these groups, when the next meeting will be held or how to join, please contact the library or visit our Regular Events for Adults Page

 

Bexley’s Online Reading Group

Bexley Book Buzz is the new online book group from Bexley Libraries. Hosted on the Goodreads website, it’s the place to swap tips about great reads and new authors to try and to catch up on the latest book news. Why not sign up and join in?

Its quick and easy – just click on the link below to sign up and then verify your email address to get started.

Click here to sign up

 

Reading Groups recommend…

From classics to crime to contemporary fiction, our book groups love discovering different things to read and passing on their recommendations.

The Central Library Reading Group have just recommended “The Colour” by Rose Tremain.

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh landscape threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.

“We loved this book… it was a well written & captivating novel about hardship and hope in 1860’s New Zealand. It’s reflecting Colonial settlements and the Gold rush with a presence of Maori mysticism. A brilliant read!”

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0593077717
Hardback:The child:2017
Author: Barton, Fiona
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for 3 strangers it's impossible to ignore. For one woman, it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
363 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0552172456
Paperback:The child:2018
Author: Barton, Fiona
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Bantam Press, 2017 When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for 3 strangers it's impossible to ignore. For one woman, it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
433 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1848864256
Paperback:Turns out I'm an alien:[2019]
Author: Treleaven, Lou
Year [2019]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jasper thinks his life is as normal as could be (green hair aside) until he discovers his foster parents have been holding a pretty huge secret from him. His green hair isn't just a peculiarity but a trait of a prince of gloop, a slime-covered planet in the Triangulum Galaxy! When Earth is under threat from the Emperor Iko Iko Iko (son of Iko Iko, grandson of Iko), Jasper and his foster sister, Holly, get pulled into a crazy adventure in space.
202 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1526614960
Hardback:The Dutch House:2019
Author: Patchett, Ann
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish folly in small-town Pennsylvania taken on by his property developer father. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her delicacy, her brilliance. Life is comfortable and coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings, or under the cover of the draperies around the window seat in Maeve's room. Then one day their father brings Andrea home: Andrea, small and neat, a dark hat no bigger than a saucer pinned over a twist of her fair hair. Though they cannot know it, Andrea's advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives.
337 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008259941
Paperback:The Quaker:2019
Author: McIlvanney, Liam
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim - the third woman from the same nightclub - and dumps her in the street like rubbish. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider.
389 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751578436
Paperback:One minute out:2020
Author: Greaney, Mark
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: While on a mission to Croatia, Court Gentry uncovers a human trafficking operation. The trail leads from the Balkans all the way back to Hollywood. Court is determined to shut it down, but his CIA handlers have other plans. The criminal ringleader has actionable intelligence about a potentially devastating terrorist attack on the US. The CIA won't move until they have that intel. It's a moral balancing act with Court at the pivot point.
483 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
1848862237
Paperback:The new liBEARian:[2016]
Author: Donald, Alison
Author: Willmore, Alex
Year [2016]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's story time at the library but the librarian is missing. Dee leads a mission to find her. The children follow clues of muddy paw prints, spilled honey and torn books to find a bear with a librarian badge - a new liBEARian! They ask him to read a book and he finds a great one on bears. When the librarian finally arrives the bear hides and she reads the children 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' only to discover baby bear is missing. She tells him to return to his story and continues, but there might be some other escaped characters roaming the shelves.
32 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 27 cm (pbk)
1408865939
Paperback:The ninth life of Louis Drax:2015
Author: Jensen, Liz, 1959-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Originally published: 2004 Louis is like no other boy. Every year something terrifyingly violent happens to him. Like a cat, Louis has nine lives and has already lost eight of them. On his ninth birthday he falls off a cliff, goes into a coma, and meets the mysterious Gustave.
240 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)